Cheers to Holiday Happiness

'Tis the Season

Jesus is the real reason for the season. A time when we celebrate His miraculous birth and reflect on the gift of everlasting life we are given because of it.

This is also a time of year to settle into some festivities! If your house is anything like ours, good food and drink are atop that "festivities" list. Hot. Cold. Sweet. Bitter. Mulled. Mixed. Thanks to the visitors who contributed some of these delightful recipes. If you've got one, this is the season of giving, so please share it .

 

Mulled Hibiscus Punch

Simmer 2 cups dried hibiscus, 8 cups water, 1 cup sugar, 6 cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 teaspoon vanilla and a dash of nutmeg in a saucepan, 30 minutes. Strain. Serve with cinnamon sticks.

Hot Dulce de Leche

Heat 2 cups milk and 1/2 cup dulce de leche in a saucepan, whisking, until frothy. Add a shot of rum, if desired. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

Apple Ginger Spritzers

Peel and slice a 6-inch piece of ginger. Simmer 1 cup each water and ginger ale in a saucepan with the ginger until reduced by half. Strain and chill. Mix the ginger syrup with 2 cups sparkling cider and 1/2 cup chopped crystallized ginger. Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish with cinnamon sticks.

Kumquat Saketini

Shake 4 ounces sake and 2 teaspoons syrup from a jar of kumquats (or a can of mandarin oranges) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass; drop in a kumquat.

Port Manhattan

Shake 2 ounces whiskey, 2 ounces tawny port and 3 dashes orange bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Sugar-and-Spice Cocoa

Whisk 1/2 cup each boiling water and sugar and 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder in a saucepan. Stir in 1-1/2 cups milk, 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and heat through. Top with whipped cream sweetened with brown sugar and chopped chocolate. Dust with ground cardamom.

Sugar Plum Soda

Moisten the rim of a glass and dip it in cinnamon-sugar. Mix 1 cup plum juice, 1/2 cup ginger ale and 2 pieces chopped crystallized ginger; pour into the glass. Garnish with skewered cranberries.

Hot Dulce de Leche

Heat 2 cups milk and 1/2 cup dulce de leche in a saucepan, whisking, until frothy. Add a shot of rum, if desired. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

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